While some rockers—Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon—are against Glee covering their songs, breakthrough indie group Fun. were totally supportive of the TV high school musical taking on their signature tune, “We Are Young.”
“Glee is such a progressive show,” lead singer Nate Ruess told us at SXSW. “It stands for so many things that we stand for.”
“They wanted to cover our song, it was so cool,” cut in guitarist Jack Antonoff. “It’s just so amazing to hear other artists and singers interpret what you’ve done. It’s very strange and very flattering. And it’s special, I mean, how often does that happen? Never.”
In case you’re uncertain what both Glee and Fun. “stand for,” let us draw your attention to the awesome shirt Antonoff is wearing in the video above: “It’s all Fun. And gay ’til someone loses their rights.”
They also spoke about being the first band since Nickelback to have their debut single reach No. 1 on the charts. Turns out, only 2/3 of the group has nice things to say about the anthemic hard rockers, though. Antonoff declared Nickelback is "not cool," prompting bandmate Andrew Dost to respond, "What's not cool is to insult Nickelback."
As for working with genre-bending R&B singer Janelle Monae, apparently it didn’t take too much convincing to get her to sing on their track.
“When our producer ran into her he played her the song and she kind of freaked out and was ready to do it on the spot,” said Ruess. “Since then we’ve gotten to know Janelle, we’ve toured with her and she’s such an inspiring person."
You can watch the video above for the full interview.